Daily Read (5/23/16)

Showrunner Ronald D. Moore on How ‘Outlander’ Avoids Formulaic Sex Scenes

Huh. Author Chuck Palahniuk (with collaborators) is crowdfunding a movie based on his novel Lullaby. There are only a few authors with the online followings (of the correct demographics) to pull that off; I’m curious to see how it works out for him.

Showrunner Frank Spotnitz has left The Man in the High Castle.

James Urbaniak has been cast in Wonderstruck.

Daily Read (5/12/16)

Bryan Cranston is starring in a new series based on Philip K. Dick’s writings, entitled Electric Dreams. It looks like it’s going to be a bunch of standalone episodes, and Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, BSG) is also involved. Huh. I’m not particularly a Philip K. Dick fan but I’m curious to see how this format works out for them.

Dylan O’Brien is reportedly in talks to play main character Mitch Rapp in American Assassin, a potential franchise based on Vince Flynn’s novels.

The White Princess casting news! Michelle Fairley will play Margaret Beaufort and Jodie Comer has been cast as Elizabeth of York. In The White Queen, those roles were played by Amanda Hale and a variety of young actresses including Freya Mavor, but it makes sense to recast as the characters will be older in the new show.

Paddington 2 seems to be a thing that’s happening for some reason.

Akiva Goldsman is producing an adaptation of David E. Hoffman’s nonfiction book The Billion Dollar Spy, and you know that I am always here for a Cold War spy story.

Outlander Look Ahead Featurette

OutlanderDespite the silly #4Droughtlander hashtag – Tobias Menzies’s apology as he said it was delightful – this little featurette with Ronald D. Moore, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies, Sam Heughan, Graham McTavish, and Laura Donnelly definitely upped my interest in the second half of Outlander‘s first season! I enjoyed the first half more than expected, but it looks like the second might be even better. Balfe said that, as far as the Claire/Jamie relationship, these episodes focus on “what it means for the two of them to stay together, rather than get together,” and I’m always happy to see those themes dealt with. And there’s the promise of more politics! Whee! Outlander returns on April 4th.

New Outlander Featurette from Starz

OutlanderIn this new video from Starz, author Diana Gabaldon, showrunner Ronald D. Moore, and stars Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Sam Heughan, and Tobias Menzies talk about their experiences making Outlander. Not for the first time, Moore makes a point of saying he’s not trying to ruin the source material, which is an interesting touch and perhaps a nod to the very enthusiastic fanbase. Outlander premieres on August 9th.

Starz Confirms Outlander 16-Episode Order

StarzWell, Outlander fans, now it’s official: Starz has issued a press release confirming their order for 16-episodes of Ronald D. Moore’s drama based on Diana Gabaldon’s series of novels. It will start filming in Scotland in the fall and air next year. From the press release:

“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Outlander’ to Starz next year,” said Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz. “Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana’s stories guiding us and Ron’s mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over.”
Moore added, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life. Diana’s created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we’ll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as ‘Outlander.'”

Excited? Wary? I am both.